Newsweek has promised to release a major cover story about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday that its author says “could change the dialogue about this election season.”
Reporter Kurt Eichenwald teased the piece on Twitter on Tuesday, and segments given to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow appear to question the ties between the Trump Organization and foreign powers that could pose “serious conflicts of interest” should he be elected.
Maddow identified the following paragraphs as the beginning of the story, but said she had not read the full piece:
A close examination by Newsweek of the Trump Organization, including confidential interviews with business executives and some of its international partners, reveals an enterprise with deep ties to global financiers, foreign politicians and even criminals, although there is no evidence the Trump Organization has engaged in any illegal activities.
It also reveals a web of contractual entanglements that could not just be canceled. If Trump moves into the White House and his family continues to receive any benefit from the company, during or even after his presidency, almost every foreign policy decision he makes will raise serious conflicts of interest and ethical quagmires.
Eichenwald’s tweets ― which came after blistering comments over news that Dr. Mehmet Oz would review Trump’s medical records ― set off a buzz among the political journalism sphere, with some quizzically wondering what could be so damning.
However, the blurb on the mockup for Wednesday’s edition of the magazine seems to align with Maddow’s assessment.
“If he wins, his many overseas deals would create a national security nightmare,” reads the summary, underneath the headline “In The Company Of Trump.”
The GOP candidate’s coziness with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and questions about the charitablity of his eponymous foundation have become major talking points in the election this month. His campaign has also come under fire for paying millions to Trump-owned companies and family members, often favored over vastly cheaper options.
The story is set to go live at 6 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.